Takayama Showa Museum, Takayama

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  • Looks like slip of the Showa era. I couldn't. I think it is very difficult to understand in the Alpine city leisurely to go good.
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  • We really enjoyed our visit here. There are many pop culture type quirky items on show here. There is kind of a theme to the various rooms, but it's more or a display of objects collected over the yea...  more »
  • Chance upon this museum by accident and we reluctant to pay to visit some old and beat up shop but I was totally blown away by what I saw. Growing up in the 80s and having a decent dose of Japanese cu...  more »
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  • An awesome place to spend an or so, wandering the old city streets. Each of the themed rooms are full of interesting things you can see and touch. Upstairs you play their Super Nintendo games and try on kimonos for free.
  • Pleasingly interesting place filled with Japanese oldies. A bit pricey for the size hence the 4 stars. It's a good option to consider when on a short day trip or when it rains.
  • Really interesting museum and a good place to pass time. I was in Takayama for one day and this museum fit perfectly into my day activities list. It's a bit pricey therefore the 4 stars but the contents of the museum are cool and interesting.
  • This museum is a wealth of information, memorabilia & collectables that rivals Antiques Roadshow. Room upon room stacked with items from Japanese everyday life in the past. So glad to find it and stayed for 4hrs. This is one Takayama site not to be missed.
  • Little local labor of love, packed with memorabilia displayed in vignette rooms dressed as typical spaces you would have encountered in daily life during the Showa era, 1926-1989 (the years of emperor Hirohito's reign). Items displayed skew heavily toward the 60s to 80s. There is a small English-language pamphlet guide which provides some context, but otherwise you'll simply wander through and interpret the packrat displays as best you can. Some items need no explanation; see photos. 😉

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Look along the banks of the river running north-south through Takayama for arguably the town's best accommodations. Traditional ryokan (guesthouses) with onsite onsen (traditional Japanese spas) occupy scenic positions across this central area, displaying fine carpentry skills of the locals and the distinctive architectural style they developed over the years. West of this area, you'll find a number of basic ryokan, with a decent selection of side-street hostels and standard hotels around the train station.
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